The other party involved in my dispute is very difficult and domineering. How can I be sure I will be safe and won’t be taken advantage of in a mediation?

The nature of a dispute is that people are often angry. The experienced Mediator will lay out ground rules to moderate these emotions. The Mediator must be trained to be fair, unbiased and a true neutral. The Mediator must be fair but firm in order to maintain a respectful environment. The Mediator must have no stake in the outcome of the mediation process other than to facilitate the stakeholders to make good decisions. Hopefully, good decisions will lead to peace between the parties.